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Flex Cable Termination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061202D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rice, LJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A flex cable is terminated between a cap and a base for easy connection to a header. A flex cable 1 (Fig. 1), which comprises copper strips 2 and 3 disposed between insulating layers 4 and 5, is terminated between a plastic cap 6 and a plastic base 7. The insulating layer 4 is stripped from the copper strips 2 and 3 to expose them so that they may function as conductors. The copper strips 2 and 3 are placed on fingers 8 and 9, respectively, of the base 7. Because of the material of the base 7, the fingers 8 and 9 continuously exert a resilient force on the copper strips 2 and 3. With the copper strips 2 and 3 of the cable 1 positioned on the fingers 8 and 9 of the base 7, the cap 6 has tabs 10 extend through passages 11 in the insulating layers 4 and 5 of the flex cable 1 and into holes 12 in the base 7.

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Flex Cable Termination

A flex cable is terminated between a cap and a base for easy connection to a header. A flex cable 1 (Fig. 1), which comprises copper strips 2 and 3 disposed between insulating layers 4 and 5, is terminated between a plastic cap 6 and a plastic base 7. The insulating layer 4 is stripped from the copper strips 2 and 3 to expose them so that they may function as conductors. The copper strips 2 and 3 are placed on fingers 8 and 9, respectively, of the base 7. Because of the material of the base 7, the fingers 8 and 9 continuously exert a resilient force on the copper strips 2 and 3. With the copper strips 2 and 3 of the cable 1 positioned on the fingers 8 and 9 of the base 7, the cap 6 has tabs 10 extend through passages 11 in the insulating layers 4 and 5 of the flex cable 1 and into holes 12 in the base 7. Then, the tabs 10 could be heat staked to the base 7. One end of the cap 6 has openings 13 and 14 therein and in alignment with the fingers 8 and 9, respectively, of the base 7 when the cap 6 and the base 7 are connected. A header pin 15 (Fig. 2) may be inserted into the opening 13 (Fig. 1) and have contact with the copper strip 2. The force of the finger 8 insures that the header pin 15 (Fig. 2) remains in frictional engagement with the copper strip 2 (Fig. 1) until it is desired to withdraw the header pin 15 (Fig. 2). Another of the header pins 15 may be inserted through the opening 14 (Fig. 1) in the cap 6 to have frictional engagement w...